Published: Oct 27, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 27, 2010 7:02 PM EDT

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities searching for a North Carolina girl who lost a leg to cancer say they've found a prosthetic leg at a home where her stepmother once lived.

Hickory Police Maj. Clyde Deal said Wednesday that authorities are attempting to confirm the leg belongs to 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker. She was reported missing Oct. 9 and authorities believe she is dead.

Deal said the leg was discovered Tuesday afternoon near some brush.

Stepmother Elisa Baker has been jailed, accused of writing a fake ransom note for the girl. Father Adam Baker also is in jail and faces several charges, including writing worthless checks.